CB Round A, 34th overall pick: Bryce Jarvis, RHP (Duke)
I love this pick for the Padres. Jarvis went under the radar until this year, in a shortened season, when he threw a perfect game, the first in school history. He was primarily a reliever as a true freshman, making 25 appearances – including five starts – while striking out 67 batters in 47.2 innings. He held batters to a .142 average but also allowed 22 walks.
He participated in the Cape Cod League following his freshman campaign, learning how to become a starter. Back on campus, he transitioned into the starting rotation, making 19 appearances – including 11 starts – and struck out 94 batters in 75.2 innings. His command was still a bit shaky, allowing 37 walks over that span but held batters to a .239 average.
It’s really a shame that his junior year was cut short because he could have been a top-15 pick in this draft. As noted, he tossed a perfect game earlier this year and made four starts, posting a 0.67 ERA while striking out 40 batters in 27.0 innings. More importantly, he allowed just two walks while holding opponents to a .120 average.
"By betting on himself and skipping the Cape Cod League last summer, Jarvis added velocity and command to an impressive profile while working with Driveline Baseball and Cressey Sports Performance. Despite being extremely old for this class, Jarvis’ improvements in 2020 means he should receive close to first round money on June 10th or 11th. – Prospects 365"